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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom

Classroom Resources

Agriculture-Related Books

Crops — Wheat

Little Red Hen and the Ear of Wheat
Finch, Mary, and Elisabeth Bell
Barefoot, 2001
Grades PreK-1
A rooster and a mouse live with the Little Red Hen and lazily refuse to help do the chores necessary to turn a grain of wheat into a loaf of bread. When, in turn, the Little Red Hen won't share the fruits of her solitary labor, the shirkers learn their lesson and, in this story, get a second chance. Next time the hen finds a grain of wheat, both rooster and mouse are there to help and to enjoy the delicious reward.
The Little Red Hen (Folk Tale Classics)
Galdone, Paul
HMH, 2011
Grades PreK-3

Nursery Classics: A Galdone Treasury
Galdone, Paul
Houghton Mifflin, 2004
Grades K-3
Includes Galdone's classic versions of The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen, The Three Bears and The Cat Goes Fiddle Dee Dee.
The Wheat We Eat
Fowler, Allan, and Allen Fowler
Scholastic, 2000
Grades 1-2
Discusses the growing, processing, and eating of wheat from the Rookie Read About Science series.
The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger
Hesser, Leon
Durban House, 2006
Grades 6 and up
Well-researched book details the life of Norman Borlaug and his world-changing life's work. Borlaug developed the short variety wheat that would start the "Green Revolution." These miracle wheat varieties would lead Mexico, Pakistan and India from the edge of starvation in the 60s to self sufficiency in grain production.
The Thing About Luck
Kadahata, Cynthia
Atheneum for Young Readers, 2013
Grades 5-8
With their parents called away to care for relatives in Japan, 12-year-old Summer and her younger brother, Jaz, accompany their grandparents, performing the grueling work that comes with the harvest season. Summer observes the excitement, tedium, and challenges of harvesting wheat.
The Biography of Wheat (How Did That Get Here?)
Lackey, Jennifer D.B.
Crabtree, 2007
The growing of wheat as a staple food made permanent settlements possible, particularly for settlers moving west. In this book, students learn how one of the most important crops is grown, harvested, sold and processed.
Landau, Elaine
Scholastic, 2000
Grades 3-5
The history, cultivation, and uses of wheat - from the True Book Series.
Wheat Comes to Life: A Garden of Wheat and a Loaf to Eat
Levensen, George
Tenspeed, 2004
Grades PreK - 2
Beginning with a patch of wheatgrass in his backyard, the author takes readers on a tour of bread made from scratch. He makes numerous stops along the way—a thresher, a grinder, a doughy combination of flour, water, yeast, and oil—before reaching the final destination: a freshly baked loaf of whole wheat bread.
Mayo, Gretchen Will, and Susan Nations
Weekly Reader, 2004
Grades 2-4
Describes how wheat, rice, and other types of grain are grown, harvested, and made into breakfast cereals.
The Little Red Hen
Pinckney, Jerry
Dial, 2006
Grades PreK and up.
Unlike other recent authors who try to soften the story's moral — that if you don't help make the bread, you won't get to eat it— Pinkney trusts his audience to understand.
The Wheat Doll
Randall, Alison L., and Bill Farnsworth
Peachtree, 2008
Mary Ann lives in rugged Utah Territory, doing her daily chores such as tending the vegetable garden and braiding rags into rugs. Her best friend is her beloved homemade wheat-filled doll. One day a severe storm forces Mary Ann's family into the cabin before she can retrieve her doll from the garden. When the storm passes she is heartbroken to find the doll is gone. When winter turns to spring, she makes a surprising discover, a patch of wheat growing in the shape of her doll.
The Mole Sisters and the Wavy Wheat
Schwartz, Roslyn
Annick, 2000
The mole sisters always go left, so they decide to go right instead. They find themselves in a field of wavy wheat and decide to go up, all the way to the top. Optimistic and resourceful, the mole sisters find their way out of various predicaments.
Snyder, Inez
Children's, 2004
Grades PreK-2
Introduces wheat, from the time it is planted in a field until it is made into different foods - From the Harvesttime Series.
W.K. Kellogg (History Maker Bios)
Waxman, Laura Hamilton
Lerner, 2006
Grades 4-6

Harvest Home
Yolen, Jane, and Greg Shed
Harcourt, 2002
In rhythmic verse, with the responsive refrain "Bringing the harvest home," young Bess tells of reaping the season's wheat at the end of a bountiful summer of planting. The work is hard and the heat is relentless, but the family forges ahead, anticipating the end of their labors and the celebratory meal for all of the friends and family who have helped. The book concludes with a brief summary of harvest customs around the world and simple instructions for fashioning a harvest doll.